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<< September 28, 2012 >>
Artist Swetlana Beattie Works on Display at FAME ( 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. )
The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) is currently displaying paintings of Svetlana Beattie, an artist residing in Augusta who specializes in oil painting, photography and sculpture. The display features her paintings. FAME Chief Executive Officer Beth Bordowitz stated: "FAME is pleased to have Svetlana's work adding color and vibrancy to our office, while helping to bring public attention to Maine artists who enrich our communities." She earned a bachelor of science in music education and a master's degree in child education and psychology. She has continued her education at the University of Maine in Augusta, focusing on painting. One of Beattie's passions is creating photographic character books, or personal photo albums "of the heart." She now has three such books in print, as well as two other books featuring her paintings. Through her oil paintings, Beattie explores luminosity and color in nature with a sincere expression of joy and happiness. Her brushwork is expressively loose and aids the impression of the moment. The interplay of opposites creates a dynamic energy and emotional unity in her works. The public may view the exhibition for free at FAME's Augusta office until October 31 on Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FAME s office is located near the Augusta Civic Center at 5 Community Drive, Augusta, Exit 112 off I-95. Public receptions with Beattie and friends will be held on August 23 and September 27 from 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. To learn more about FAME art exhibits and openings or, if you are an artist who would like to have your work considered for exhibition, please contact FAME at 1-800-228-3734.
Event Location: FAME 5 Community Drive Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: 1-800-228-3734.
Manhattan Short Film Festival coming to Lewiston ( Fri 7:30, Sat 7:30, Sun 4:00 )
The Manhattan Short Film Festival coming to Lewiston - You Be the Judge! Audiences in over 300 Cities Spanning 6 Continents Unite for One Week for One Purpose . . . to Judge the 10 Finalists in the 15th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. Filmgoers in Lewiston Maine will unite with audiences in over 300 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation, of filmmakers from around the world when the 15th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens at The Public Theatre in Lewiston on Fri 9/28 at 7:30pm, Sat 9/29 at 7:30, and Sun 9/30 at 4:00pm. Out of 520 entries received from 49 countries around the world, MANHATTAN SHORT selected 10 short films as finalists. Each film is 18 minutes or under in length. Countries represented this year include Norway, The Netherlands, Russia, England, Ireland, Peru, France, Romania, Spain and the USA in what festival organizers describe as the United Nations of Film Festivals. These short films will not only entertain a global audience but will be judged by them as well. Filmgoers will be handed a voting card upon entry and asked to vote for the one film they feel should win. Votes are tallied at each participating cinema and submitted to festival headquarters where the winner will be announced in New York City as well as posted on the net at www.ManhattanShort.com on Sunday, October 7th at 10:00pm. With past finalists achieving the ultimate in recognition by being nominated and even winning the Oscar in the short film category, the Manhattan Short has become known as a breeding ground for the next big thing.In one week, over 100,000 people from as far north as St. Petersburg, Russia to as far south as Buenos Aires, Argentina, as far east as Kathmandu, Nepal and as far west as Perth, Australia, to over 150 cinemas in 47 US States will come together to view and vote on these 10 films. While the goal of any festival is to discover and promote new talent, the real aim of this festival is bringing communities together via stories from around the world, says Nicholas Mason, MANHATTAN SHORT founder and director. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that what started as a small, relatively simple event when I projected a handful of short films onto the side of a truck on a downtown Manhattan street 15 years ago, would grow into what it is today, with communities all over the world getting together to celebrate via ten short films... It's become like Earth Day - but with film. adds Mason. For more information on the Festival and to read detailed interviews with the 10 Finalists visit www.ManhattanShort.com or click on the following links: Download 300 dpi stills of the finalist films at http://www.manhattanshort.com/p_press_finalist_stills.html To see a list of cinemas taking part in 2012 at http://www.manhattanshort.com/cinemas.html To read interviews with Filmmakers at http://www.manhattanshort.com/finalists.html View Film Trailer for Festival: at http://www.manhattanshort.com/trailer.html. Finalists for 2012: "The Devil s Ballroom" (Henrik M Dahlsbrakken)Norway; "A Curious Conjunction of Coincidences" (Joost Reijmers), Holland; "Where Does the Sea Flow" (Vitaly Saltykov), Russia; Two & Two (Babak Anvari) England; Cluck (Michael Lavelle), Ireland; Behind the Mirrors" (Julio O Ramos)Peru; The Elaborate End of Robert Ebb (Clement Bolla, FX Goby, Matt Landour) England; Superman, Spiderman or Batman (Tudor Glurgiu), Romania; 92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card (Todd Sklar), USA; Voice Over Martin Rosete), Spain.
Event Location: The Public Theatre Lewiston, ME
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Eastern Maine Railroad Fall Foliage Trips
"The trip aboard Maine Eastern Railroad includes 33 bridges and trestles over wetlands, salt marshes and tidal rivers, along with lengthy stretches of forested areas that appear magical as autumn leaf drop hastens". As autumn approaches, the trees along the 57 miles of railroad tracks from Brunswick to Rockland have begun to show hints of color. And as the fall foliage season heats up, so do the phone lines at Maine Eastern Railroad's reservations call center in Rockland. The passenger excursion train service has been offering fall foliage rides every year at this time since 2005. Traversing four counties, the railroad provides leaf-peepers with a behind-the-scenes peek at scenery unreachable by automobile. For several years the railroad has been coordinating the beginning of their annual fall foliage schedule with the release of Maine's official fall foliage website: www.mainefoliage.com, scheduled to be activated on September 14. As is typical in mid-September, reports from state forest and park rangers indicate leaf color is still primarily green. With cooler nights in the forecast, it will be a matter of only several days before color change will become measurable. The state is divided into seven foliage zones. Maine Eastern Railroad operates in Zone 1, referred to as the Mid-coast and south coastal zone. With the heavy rains of late summer, along with shorter days and cooler nighttime temperatures, accelerated color change is expected to provide vivid displays of nature all along the rail line. The trip aboard Maine Eastern Railroad includes 33 bridges and trestles over wetlands, salt marshes and tidal rivers, along with lengthy stretches of forested areas that appear magical as leaf drop hastens. Because the rail line covers so many miles through Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln and Knox Counties, timing of the color change is a gradual and domino-like event in the coastal towns through which the train travels, giving people a broad choice of dates to ride. Passengers may board the train in Brunswick, Bath, Wiscasset or Rockland, and reservations are encouraged for those unsure of the 5-days-per-week train schedule. Events in September include a special stop in Newcastle during the one-day Pemaquid Oyster Festival on September 25. During the month of September, active members of Police, Fire and EMS crews ride for half price. September is also Red Hat Society month, when society members receive the senior rate during the month, regardless of age. In October, the railroad will offer reduced pricing for westbound passengers boarding in Rockland for the Pumpkin Patch Special, when the railroad again makes a special stop in Newcastle, for the annual Great Pumpkin Festival & Regatta on October 6 and 7. While Maine Eastern is a full-time, year-round freight rail operation, the railroad is expected to operate its passenger excursion service through the third weekend in October. For reservations and information, visit www.maineeasternrailroad.com, or call the Maine Eastern reservations line at 207.596.6725.
Event Location: Various locations Maine
For more information contact: 207.596.6725 www.maineeasternrailroad.com
Augusta Walking Tour "Museum in the Streets"
Downtown Augusta has been transformed into an outdoor museum with the installation of 31 signs in "The Museum in the Streets" Program. The signs, years in the planning and making, are written in both French and English, and tell the history of the building of Augusta, the city from 1625 to the present. All 29 signs and two large maps are within walking distance of each other on both sides of the Kennebec river. Another 9 Museum in the Streets signs have been installed along Canal Street in Mill Park. They tell the story of Edwards Mill, Edwards dam and industrial Augusta. The tour begins at City Center, proceeds behind Old Fort Western, moves down to Willow Street's W.H.Gannett's Comfort magazine printing house. On to a 10th sign at the east end of Calumet Bridge, then cross to the west side of the river, the 11th panel as at the corner of Bridge and Water Street. It's called "Seeing the Elephants" and shows a parade of elephants marching down Water Street. Proceed south on Water Street to Panel 13 that recounts the Great Augusta Bank robbery of New Year's weekend in 1850. On to the Great Augusta Fire of 1865 that destroyed 81 buildings on both sides of Water Street. Continue on and follow the tour to the end at Canal Street in Mill Park! The signs will be removed each November and replaced each spring. Maps of Augusta's Musuem in the Streets will be availalbe at Augusta City Center. Patrick Cardon, originally of France and now of Cushing, originated the idea in France.
Event Location: Various locations Downtown Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: (207) 626-2300
Gardiner Pub Lib - Babies Love Babies Play Group ( 10am 11am )
Babies Love Babies Play Group! WHEN:Fri, August 3, 10am 11am; WHERE: Gardiner Public Library Children's Room. (map)WHO:For babies aged 0-3 years with their parent or babysitter, an unstructured meeting place for babies to gather, play & socialize. Each week the library will provide a selection of board books and parenting information for the group to use. Please bring your baby's own toys as health concerns prevent the library from providing toys.
Event Location: Gardiner Public Library 152 Water Street Gardiner, ME 04345
For more information contact: 207-582-3312
Hallowell Walking Tour "Museum in the Streets"
Tourists, history buffs or those looking for something to do can now enjoy the newest version of The Museum in the Streets. City Historian and others have put together 19 signs that are part of the tour. The tour, which takes about an hour, begins at the waterfront, heads up Winthrop Street. The bulk of the signs are in the heart of downtown along Water Street. The panels (signs) reveal stories, events and traditions that helped shape the area. Hall-Dale French students were part of the translation team that made French subtitles so the panels could be bilingual. Visitors to Hallowell can find maps of the city's Museum in the Streets at City Hall, KV Chamber of Commerce or the Hubbard Free Library. Other Maine communities with a Museum in the Streets include Augusta, Waterville, Thomaston, Biddeford, Belfast and Searsport.
Event Location: Various locations Downtown Hallowell, ME
This event is sponsored by: Hallowell Board of Trade